Fact Check: Prolonged sitting increased chances of premature death

Fact Check: Prolonged sitting increased chances of premature death

- A social media post has been doing the rounds lately claiming that sitting for 11 hours a day significantly increases your chances of dying

- In fact, the message, circulated by Medical Talk, claimed that there was a 50% increase in the chance of dying within the next three years

- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to separate the facts from the fiction

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Medical Talk recently shared a claim that sitting for more than 11 hours a day would increase your chances of dying within the next 3 years by 50%.

With many employees working at a desk, the post caused quite the stir on social media, with many concerned about the increased odds of premature death.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at this claim to determine if experts support this claim.

“Did you know? If you sit more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years." - Medical Talk

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On closer inspection, another site was found, this time claiming that the risk of a premature death relating to prolonged sitting was 40% for the same 11-hour time-frame.

However, experts were not convinced, reports Africa Check. More research was requested into the claim.

Jeff Vallance, a professor at Athabasca University has done extensive research into the impact prolonged sitting has on a person's well-being:

"The scientific evidence we have, all we know is that compared to people that sit the least, people who sit the most (over 9 or 10 hrs per day) have an approximately 20% increased risk of premature mortality. There is no study showing that there is a 50% death chance to die in the next x years."

Academic Emmanuel Stamatakis slammed the claim as bogus, commenting that no evidence supports it:

“Sitting is a health risk in physically inactive populations. But even meeting the lower moderate to vigorous physical activity guidelines threshold effectively eliminates the risk.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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